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|New Student Conduct Policies At Abingdon High School
|A host of student handbook policy changes at Abingdon High School will go into effect next school year.
The District 217 School Board, after 45 minutes of discussion, unanimously approved the new or modified policies Wednesday night. They include student conduct and discipline, attendance and others.
Much of the discussion was spent on what district officials refer to as a progressive discipline system and changes to the code of student conduct. High school principal Chad Cox says he's adopting the model used at Galesburg High School.
"I based it on categories of different things. Some of the things under pre-suspension, some of the things I was doing already - types of things like a conference or parent contact, holding privileges, detention, things like that. Some of those are common in schools. The Saturday detention thing is a new thing."
Cox says the Saturday Detention Program has been on the books for a while, but it hasn't been used. It's purpose is to provide an alternative to in-school suspension. The other disciplinary options are out-of-school suspension, expulsion and probation - which the school board may allow as part of expulsion.
Cox says the new policy spells out which category a student offense falls under and options for disciplining the student.
"The one's and the two's - they give you the responses and the penalty and are open to the fact, to determine the maximum of what I could do, not so much the minimum."
Besides categories I and II, there are also zero tolerance offenses - which include bomb threats, false fire alarms and drug possession - to name just a few.
The board plans to act on a district-wide revised student attendance policy later this month. It will require documentation from a physician or another third-party after a student reaches five absences accompanied by a note from a parent.
|06 12 09 by Newsroom
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